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【point】 ● Although "new corona vaccination business for overseas foreign residents and the like" is possible, reservations can be made until January 24, but the operation was changed and the period was extended. ● The Jordan government announced that the proportion of infection to Omiclon strain increased to 55% of the new coronavirus positive sample. ● The Jordan government was 6,289 people on January 20, 6,309 people on January 20, 21st, 22nd, 23 days, and 6,951 people on the 23rd, total infected person The number was announced that it has 1,134,097. 【Text】 1 Extension of period of new corona vaccination business for overseas foreign residents etc. Although this project can be reserved until January 24, we decided to extend the period after changing the operation. With this operation change, from January 31st (Mon), at Haneda Airport, we will conduct inoculation of the Plaiser vaccine three times a week (Mon, Tree, Sat). In addition, we will carry out the vaccination of AstraZeneca vaccine once a week (Thu) at the airport. If you wish to inoculate in this project, we also keep in mind the travel plan in consideration of the inoculation interval while keeping in mind the situation of waiting measures implemented as measures against water at the time of Japan. Through special sites. I'd like to make a reservation. Please note that this project is currently targeting the first and second inoculation, and you can not receive the third inoculation. 2 Infection situation and future prospects in Jordan (1) 20th, Jordan Health and Countermeasures Commission announced that the proportion of infections in Omicron stocks, which is an infection in Omicronium strain, has been announced to 55%. (2) On the 21st, Prime Minister Balby Shiyordan Health Advisor appears on a television program, and the waves of infection expansion will continue for 6 to 7 weeks, but the Omicron strain is faster in infection, so infection expansion 4 waves The duration of the duration was expected to be 4 to 5 weeks. In addition, Jordan said that the number of infected people will be the largest in February 1st, as Jordan entered the second week of infection expansion. 3 Jordan Number of domestic infected people, etc. The Ministry of Health, Jordan, announced the number of newly infected people, positive rates, etc. as follows. January 20: 6,289 people (3,500 ammans) positive rate 17.40% dead 15 people PCR inspections 36,143 cases January 21: 6,309 people (Amman 3,811 people) Positive Rate 16.91% Dead 6 people Six PCR tests 37,309 cases January 22: 4,102 people (Amman 2,186 people) positive rate 17.32% death 13 people 13,680 pCR examinations January 23: 6,951 people (3,284 ammans) positive rate 19.54% death 11 people 11 people PCR tests 35,576 cases -In the prevention method of new coronavirus infections- First of all, please keep in mind general infection measures and health management. Specifically, it is necessary to disinfect the hand washing and hand disinfection alcohol by soap, and avoid the crowded place as possible. Also, it is also important to have enough sleep. In addition, please be careful when spending a fixed time in situations where the distance between people can not be sufficiently secured indoors. Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety Homepage Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety Homepage New Coronavirus (Entrance limits of each country and region from Japan and Japanese people, and action restrictions on entrance and entrance) Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety Homepage Medical & Health Related Information Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitssuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html Jordan Health Province Hotline 06-5004545 / Corona Virus Free Line 111 https://www.moh.gov.jo Jordan Health Province New Coronavirus Related Page (Arabic (English in English)) https://corona.moh.gov.jo ************************************************************************* ******** Embassy of Japan in Japan Consulate / Security Ten: Aoi Yasunaga, Takei Tel: 962-6-593-2005 Fax: 962-6-593-1006 P. O. BOX. 2835 Amman 11181 Jordan ************************************************************************* ******** 【ポイント】 ●「海外在留邦人等を対象とした新型コロナ・ワクチン接種事業」については、1月24日までの予約が可能となっておりますが、運用を変更の上、期間を延長することとしました。 ●ヨルダン政府は、新型コロナウイルス陽性検体のうち、オミクロン株への感染が占める割合は、55%に上昇したと発表しました。 ●ヨルダン政府は、新規感染者数につき、1月20日は6,289名、21日は6,309名、22日は4,102名、23日は6,951名で、累計の感染者数は1,134,097名となったと発表しました。 【本文】 1 「海外在留邦人等を対象とした新型コロナ・ワクチン接種事業」の期間延長等 本事業は1月24日までの予約が可能となっておりますが、運用を変更の上、期間を延長することとしました。この運用変更に伴い、1月31日(月)からは、羽田空港において、週3回(月、木、土)、ファイザー製ワクチンの接種を実施します。また、アストラゼネカ製ワクチンの接種についても、同空港において、週1回(木)実施します。 本事業での接種を希望される方は、日本入国時の水際対策として実施している待機措置の状況にも留意しつつ、接種間隔を考慮して渡航計画を立てた上で、特設サイトを通じて予約をお願いします。なお、現在のところ本事業は、1回目・2回目の接種を対象としており、3回目の接種は受けられませんのでご注意下さい。 特設サイトへのリンクは、外務省海外安全HP(https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/covid19/vaccine.html)に掲載されておりますので、そちらをご確認ください。 2 ヨルダンにおける感染状況と今後の見通し (1)20日、ヨルダン保健省及び同国感染症対策委員会は、新型コロナウイルス陽性検体のうちオミクロン株への感染が占める割合は、55%に上昇したと発表しました。 (2)21日、バルビーシヨルダン保健担当首相顧問はテレビ番組に出演し、感染拡大の波は(通常)6~7週間継続するが、オミクロン株は感染拡大が速いため、感染拡大第4波の継続期間は4~5週間と予想されると述べました。また、ヨルダンは感染拡大の第4波第2週に入ったので、感染者数は2月第1週に最多となるだろうと述べました。 3 ヨルダン国内感染者数等  ヨルダン保健省は新規感染者数、陽性率等を次のとおり発表しました。 1月20日:6,289名(アンマン3,500名)陽性率17.40% 死者15名 PCR検査数36,143件 1月21日:6,309名(アンマン3,811名)陽性率16.91% 死者6名 PCR検査数37,309件 1月22日:4,102名(アンマン2,186名)陽性率17.32% 死者13名 PCR検査数23,680件 1月23日:6,951名(アンマン3,284名)陽性率19.54% 死者11名 PCR検査数35,576件 -新型コロナウイルス感染症の予防法について-  まずは、一般的な感染症対策や健康管理を心がけてください。  具体的には、石けんによる手洗いや手指消毒用アルコールによる消毒などを行い、できる限り混雑した場所を避けてください。また、十分な睡眠をとっていただくことも重要です。  さらに、人込みの多い場所は避けるとともに、屋内でお互いの距離が十分に確保できない状況で一定時間を過ごす際はご注意下さい。 外務省海外安全ホームページ https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp 外務省海外安全ホームページ 新型コロナウイルス (日本からの渡航者・日本人に対する各国・地域の入国制限措置及び入国・入域の行動制限) https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/covid19/pdfhistory_world.html 外務省 海外安全ホームページ 医療・健康関連情報 https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/kaian_search/index.html 厚生労働省ホームページ https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html ヨルダン保健省 Hotline 06-5004545 / Corona Virus Free Line 111 https://www.moh.gov.jo ヨルダン保健省 新型コロナウイルス関連ページ(アラビア語(英語での閲覧も可)) https://corona.moh.gov.jo/ar ********************************************************** 在ヨルダン日本国大使館 領事・警備班:担当 安永、武井 TEL:962-6-593ー2005 FAX:962-6-593ー1006 P. 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Acts of civil disobedience are expected to take place January 20 in Khartoum and potentially in other states. This may include centralized or decentralized demonstrations, road blockages by protesters, and business closures. Security forces may close bridges. Unannounced protests and acts of civil disobedience may continue to take place in the coming weeks, in addition to larger organized protests.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Monitor local media for updates.

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Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) due to both arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related travel restrictions

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for the PRC and a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Hong Kong, due to COVID-19. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

The zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 by the PRC and Hong Kong governments severely impacts travel and access to public services. All arrivals should prepare to quarantine at a government-designated location for a minimum of 14 days. While in quarantine, health authorities will test travelers as often as daily for COVID-19 and will not permit travelers to leave their rooms. Travelers who test positive during this quarantine time will be transferred to a government-designated medical facility. Standards of care, accommodations, testing, and treatments may differ considerably from standards in the United States. Even after completing quarantine on-arrival, travelers to the PRC and Hong Kong may face additional quarantines and testing as well as movement and access restrictions, including access to medical services and public transportation. 

Travelers within the PRC and Hong Kong may be subject to unannounced mandatory testing. In areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, restrictions may include being confined to home or moved to a government- designated quarantine facility. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in the PRC, or the Consulate General Hong Kong's COVID-19 page for information on the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong as testing and travel requirements frequently change. 

Country Summary: 

The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including carrying out arbitrary and wrongful detentions and using exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law. The PRC government uses arbitrary detention and exit bans to:  

 

  • compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations, 
  • pressure family members to return to the PRC from abroad, 
  • influence PRC authorities to resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens, and
  • gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.

 

In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC, including Hong Kong, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.

Foreigners in the PRC, including but not limited to businesspeople, former foreign government personnel, and journalists from Western countries have been arbitrarily interrogated and detained by PRC officials for alleged violations of PRC national security laws. The PRC has also threatened, interrogated, detained, and expelled U.S. citizens living and working in the PRC.

Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC government. 

The PRC government does not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and the PRC government may prevent the U.S. Embassy from providing consular services.

XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION and TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

Since the imposition of the National Security Law on June 30, 2020, the PRC unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power in Hong Kong. The PRC has demonstrated an intention to use this authority to target a broad range of activities it defines as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. The National Security Law also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution. PRC security forces, including the new Office for Safeguarding National Security, now operate in Hong Kong and are not subject to oversight by the Hong Kong judiciary.

Demonstrations: Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. On June 30, 2020, as part of its color-coded system of warning flags, the Hong Kong police unveiled a new purple flag, which warns protesters that shouting slogans or carrying banners with an intent prohibited by the law could now bring criminal charges. U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

Propaganda: A PRC propaganda campaign has falsely accused individuals, including U.S. citizens, of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong. In some cases, the campaign has published their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media.

Read the country information page for the PRC and for Hong Kong.

If you decide to travel to the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR:

 

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19 for mainland China. See the Consulate General's COVID-19 page for updated information on COVID-19 in Hong Kong.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, review your Hong Kong flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Enter the PRC on your U.S. passport with a valid PRC visa and keep it with you.
  • If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest consulate immediately.
  • If you plan to enter North Korea, read the North Korea Travel Advisory. Travelers should note that U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through North Korea, unless they are specially validated by the Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the U.S. Embassy on TwitterWeChat, and Weibo. Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for the PRC and Hong Kong SAR.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

 

Last Update: Reissued with updates on COVID-19.

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Reconsider travel to Sint Eustatius due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Sint Eustatius due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in Sint Eustatius.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine.  Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.  

There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Sint Eustatius.

Visit the Consulate's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Sint Eustatius.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Sint Eustatius:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.

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COVID Update

 

Slovenian government regulation updates

  • Quarantine rules for students:  Education classes now will quarantine only if 30% of students in the past 14 days have tested positive.  Otherwise, students who have been in contact with a positive case can still attend school, but will just need to do home tests daily. (Vaccinated students are exempt from daily testing.)
  • Testing kits for students: Students can receive 20 free rapid tests per month from the pharmacy.
  • Quarantine rules for non-students:  If you have received a booster shot, or are fully vaccinated and recovered from COVID, and are in contact with a known positive case, you are no longer required to quarantine.  For all others, quarantine is required, but shortened to seven days.
  • Entry to government institutions, stores, etc.: Those under age 12 are exempt from the vaccinated/tested/recovered (“PCT”) rule.
  • PCR test: Due to very high demand, PCR tests are now being limited to those with a positive rapid test who are advised by their doctor to get a PCR test.

 

Slovenia COVID-19 Statistics (as of 20 January 2022): 

  • In the past month, the number of active cases has grown exponentially, with over 90,700 active cases – more than twice the previous pandemic high in Slovenia in November 2021. More than 60% of PCR tests are coming back positive.  The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 persons increased from 1,222 two weeks ago to 4,302 today.
  • Fortunately, the number hospitalized and those in ICU has remained steady over the past month, with 580 hospitalized and 147 in ICU.  Sadly, though, an additional 98 people died of COVID in the past two weeks.
  • Slovenia’s vaccination rate inched up, with 57% of the population being fully vaccinated, though still well below European averages.

 

For additional information, see our Embassy's Covid-19 page. 

 

 

Driving/Bicycling while using Electronics

  • Police are stepping up enforcement of laws regarding using electronics while driving/bicycling.  If you are holding a cell phone or other electronic device - or wearing headphones - while driving a vehicle or riding a bicycle, the police may stop you and issue you a ticket/fine on the spot. 
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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru      

Location: Peru (countrywide)    

Event: Updates to Government of Peru Quarantine and Movement Restrictions (January 18, 2022)

 

On January 17, 2022, the Government of Peru announced the extension of emergency self-quarantine and movement restrictions due to COVID-19, effective through Sunday, January 30, 2022.

 

The national level health emergency has been extended for an additional 90 days until March 1, 2022.

 

The Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima remains open, and domestic land and air transportation continue with reduced occupancy ​in all other regions of the country (see additional restrictions below).

 

From November 15, 2021, all passengers older than 18 years of age using commercial transportation to travel between provinces by land must present proof of vaccination to travel (and beginning January 23, 2022, individuals 50 and older must have received their third vaccine). If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours)  prior to boarding their commercial transport.

 

From December 10, 2021, in all provinces of Peru, adults over the age of 18 must show proof of vaccination to enter enclosed spaces (locations consisting of economic activity and/or places of worship).  They may show their physical or virtual vaccination card demonstrating they have completed their COVID-19 vaccination travel (and beginning January 23, 2022, individuals 50 and older must have received their third vaccine).  In the case of restaurants, masks can only be removed when eating or drinking.

 

From December 10, 2021, all employees working on-site at their place of employment must have completed their vaccination against COVID-19. 

 

 

Land Travel Restrictions: 

  • During this national emergency all Peruvian land borders will be closed to non-resident foreigners to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Peruvian citizens and residents will be able to travel into Peru via land. 

 

Air Travel Restrictions: 

  • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin. Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours)  prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations.Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.
  • Peruvians and resident foreigners who have travel from or transited through South Africa or Botswana must present proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.
  • Effective through January 30, 2022, all non-Peruvian citizens and non-permanent residents who are traveling from or transiting through South Africa or Botswana are barred from entering Peru.
  • From December 15, 2021, all passengers older than 18 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically via air must present proof of vaccination to travel. If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours)  prior to boarding their domestic flight (and beginning January 23, 2022, individuals 50 and older must have received their third vaccine).

 

As of January 17, the following provinces are considered "High Alert": Arequipa, Camaná, Islay, Huánuco, Leoncio Prado, Cajamarca, Jaén, Huamanga, Tacna, Jorge Basadre, Ilo, Mariscal Nieto, Ica, Chincha, Pisco, Palpa, Huancayo, Satipo, Chanchamayo, Tarma, Huaura, Cañete, Barranca, Huaral, Huarochirí, Lima, Callo, Piura, Talara, Paita, Sullana, Sechura, Morropón, Chiclayo, Lambayeque, Ferreñafe, Santa, Huaraz, Cusco, La Convención, Urubamba, Trujillo, and Pacasmayo.

All other provinces of Peru are considered as “Moderate Alert.”

 

In order to use the beaches, rivers, lakes, and public and private pools, it’s mandatory to show proof of vaccination, and beginning January 23, 2022, individuals 50 and older must have received their third vaccine.

 

Additional Details for High Alert levels:     

  • Monday-Sunday curfew is 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 11:00 pm.  Pharmacy delivery is available 24 hours. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
  • Monday – Sunday, supermarkets and grocery stores are open at 50% occupancy.  Restaurants are open at 50% occupancy.  Banks are open at 60% occupancy.  Salons, spas, and barbershops at 50% occupancy by appointment. Casinos, gyms, movie theaters, churches are open at 40% occupancy.

 

Additional Details for Moderate Alert levels:     

  • Monday-Sunday curfew is 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.
  • On all days of the week, restaurants may deliver from 4:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.  Pharmacy delivery is available 24 hours. Taking taxis and public transportation is allowed.
  • Beaches are open.
  • Monday – Sunday, supermarkets and grocery stores are open at 80% occupancy.  Restaurants are open at 80-100% occupancy.  Banks are open at 80% occupancy.  Salons, spas, and barbershops at 60% occupancy by appointment. Churches are open at 80% occupancy.  Casinos, gyms, and movie theaters are open at 60% occupancy.

 

Additional Details for all alert levels

For current restrictions and the most recent decree from the Government of Peru (through January 16, 2022) please refer to (in Spanish): https://busquedas.elperuano.pe/normaslegales/decreto-supremo-que-modifica-el-numeral-81-del-articulo-8-d-decreto-supremo-n-002-2022-pcm-2028149-4/?_ga=2.249047175.1828102037.1641475792-1618699877.1620655791

 

Actions to Take:     

  • KN95 masks are required. If you do not have a KN95, double masking is mandatory, with one of the masks being a surgical mask, with a cloth mask on top. 
  • Monitor local media for updates. Movement restrictions may be changed unexpectedly and with very short notice.
  • Always wear your mask outside.  Face masks are required by Peruvian law.  You may be fined if you do not wear one or do not comply with curfew and quarantine regulations.  There are currently no exceptions for vaccinated individuals.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and respect social distancing guidelines.
  • Carry a photo ID.  
  • Continue to check https://diariooficial.elperuano.pe/normas for the latest related Peruvian government decrees.  
  • See the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for information about conditions in Peru.   
  • Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html   
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates: https://step.state.gov/

     

For Assistance:    

U.S. Embassy Lima, Peru   

Avenida La Encalada 1615   

Santiago de Surco 15023, Lima   

+51-1-618-2000   

LimaACS@state.gov   

https://pe.usembassy.gov    

 

 State Department – Consular Affairs   

+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444  

 

Peru Country Information   

U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 Webpage   

 

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Location:  Paris, Champs Elysees

 

Event:  Authorities report a possibility of riots following the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations soccer match between Algeria and Ivory Coast.  The match is expected to end around 6:30 this evening.  U.S. government employees have been told to avoid the area. Marseille and other major cities in France could experience similar disruptions.

 

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area
  • Monitor local media for updates
  • Be aware of your surroundings

 

U.S. citizens may monitor English-language French media at the following:

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Paris, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

CitizenInfo@state.gov

 

U.S. Consulate General Marseille, France
+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

CitizenInfoMarseille@state.gov

 

U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg, France

+33 (1) 43 12 22 22

USAStrasbourg@state.gov 

 

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

France Country Specific Information

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Reconsider travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Reconsider travel to the PRC’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) due to both arbitrary enforcement of local laws and COVID-19-related travel restrictions

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for the PRC and a Level 1 Travel Health Notice for Hong Kong, due to COVID-19. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA approved or authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers

The zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19 by the PRC and Hong Kong governments severely impacts travel and access to public services. All arrivals should prepare to quarantine at a government-designated location for a minimum of 14 days. While in quarantine, health authorities will test travelers as often as daily for COVID-19 and will not permit travelers to leave their rooms. Travelers who test positive during this quarantine time will be transferred to a government-designated medical facility. Standards of care, accommodations, testing, and treatments may differ considerably from standards in the United States. Even after completing quarantine on-arrival, travelers to the PRC and Hong Kong may face additional quarantines and testing as well as movement and access restrictions, including access to medical services and public transportation. 

Travelers within the PRC and Hong Kong may be subject to unannounced mandatory testing. In areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, restrictions may include being confined to home or moved to a government- designated quarantine facility. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in the PRC, or the Consulate General Hong Kong's COVID-19 page for information on the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong as testing and travel requirements frequently change. 

Country Summary: 

The PRC government arbitrarily enforces local laws, including by carrying out arbitrary and wrongful detentions and through the use of exit bans on U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries without due process of law. The PRC government uses arbitrary detention and exit bans to:  

 

  • compel individuals to participate in PRC government investigations,
  •  pressure family members to return to the PRC from abroad, 
  • influence PRC authorities to resolve civil disputes in favor of PRC citizens, and
  • gain bargaining leverage over foreign governments.

 

In most cases, U.S. citizens only become aware of an exit ban when they attempt to depart the PRC, and there is no reliable mechanism or legal process to find out how long the ban might continue or to contest it in a court of law.

U.S. citizens traveling or residing in the PRC, including Hong Kong, may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention without due process of law.

Foreigners in the PRC, including but not limited to businesspeople, former foreign government personnel, and journalists from Western countries, have been arbitrarily interrogated and detained by PRC officials for alleged violations of PRC national security laws. The PRC has also threatened, interrogated, detained, and expelled U.S. citizens living and working in the PRC.

Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC government. 

The PRC government does not recognize dual nationality. U.S.-PRC citizens and U.S. citizens of Chinese heritage may be subject to additional scrutiny and harassment, and the PRC government may prevent the U.S. Embassy from providing consular services.

XINJIANG UYGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION and TIBET AUTONOMOUS REGION

Extra security measures, such as security checks and increased levels of police presence, are common in the Xinjiang Uyghur and Tibet Autonomous Regions. Authorities may impose curfews and travel restrictions on short notice.

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

Since the imposition of the National Security Law on June 30, 2020, the PRC unilaterally and arbitrarily exercises police and security power in Hong Kong. The PRC has demonstrated an intention to use this authority to target a broad range of activities it defines as acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign entities. The National Security Law also covers offenses committed by non-Hong Kong residents or organizations outside of Hong Kong, which could subject U.S. citizens who have been publicly critical of the PRC to a heightened risk of arrest, detention, expulsion, or prosecution. PRC security forces, including the new Office for Safeguarding National Security, now operate in Hong Kong and are not subject to oversight by the Hong Kong judiciary.

Demonstrations: Participating in demonstrations or any other activities that authorities interpret as constituting an act of secession, subversion, terrorism, or collusion with a foreign country could result in criminal charges. On June 30, 2020, as part of its color-coded system of warning flags, the Hong Kong police unveiled a new purple flag, which warns protesters that shouting slogans or carrying banners with an intent prohibited by the law could now bring criminal charges. U.S. citizens are strongly cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and avoid demonstrations.

Propaganda: A PRC propaganda campaign has falsely accused individuals, including U.S. citizens, of fomenting unrest in Hong Kong. In some cases, the campaign has published their personal information, resulting in threats of violence on social media.

Read the country information page for the PRC and for Hong Kong.

If you decide to travel to the PRC, including the Hong Kong SAR:

 

  • See the U.S. Embassy's web page regarding COVID-19 for mainland China. See the Consulate General's COVID-19 page for updated information on COVID-19 in Hong Kong.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, monitor local media, local transportations sites and apps like MTR Mobile or CitybusNWFB, and the Hong Kong International Airport website for updates.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if you are in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid taking photographs of protesters or police without permission.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • For the Hong Kong SAR, review your Hong Kong flight status with your airline or at the Hong Kong International Airport website.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Enter the PRC on your U.S. passport with a valid PRC visa and keep it with you.
  • If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or the nearest consulate immediately.
  • If you plan to enter North Korea, read the North Korea Travel Advisory. Travelers should note that U.S. passports are not valid for travel to, in, or through North Korea, unless they are specially validated by the Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the U.S. Embassy on TwitterWeChat, and Weibo. Follow U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for the PRC and Hong Kong SAR.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist

 

Last Update: Reissued with updates on COVID-19.

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Location: Merdeka Square and KL World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Event: Scheduled demonstrations to occur at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

  • A demonstration against the Malaysian government is scheduled to occur in/around Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.  The demonstration is scheduled to begin outside Sogo Department Store, and then proceed towards Merdeka Square.
  • Another demonstration against the Malaysian government is scheduled to occur in the vicinity of KL World Trader Center, Kuala Lumpur at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022.

Police presence and road closures are planned at or near both demonstrations, and traffic in the areas is expected to be disrupted.  U.S. citizens should avoid these areas and exercise caution when nearby.  There is no indication that these demonstrations will become violent, but the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the nature of demonstrations can change quickly and with little warning.  U.S. citizens are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security alerts.

 

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the area around Merdeka Square, including the area between the Square and Sogo Department Store, from 11:00 a.m. on January 22, 2022, until the conclusion of the demonstration.
  • Avoid the area around the KL World Trade Center from 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 23, 2022, until the conclusion of the demonstration.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Assistance:

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Location: Saravena, Arauca, Colombia 

 

Event:  On January 19, at approximately 10:15 PM, an explosion occurred in Saravena, Arauca, Colombia. 

Initial media reports indicate a car bomb in Saravena, Arauca targeted human rights offices, NGOs, and Colombian government facilities, with multiple casualties and significant damage to buildings in the vicinity. 

 

The U.S. Department of State continues to advise citizens not to travel to Arauca due to crime and terrorism.  Violent crime, including armed robbery and homicide, is widespread.  Terrorist groups are active in Arauca.  The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens as U.S. government-personnel travel to Arauca is severely restricted due to security concerns.  The full Travel Advisory for Colombia can be found here

 

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the area where the incident took place. 
  • Notify friends and family of your safety. 
  • Monitor local media for updates. 
  • Exercise vigilance. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. 

Assistance: 

 

U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia Tel.+57-1-275-2000 or 601-275-2000  acsbogota@state.gov https://co.usembassy.gov/ 

 

U.S. Consular Agency, Barranquilla conagencybarranquilla@state.gov 

 

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444 

 

Colombia Country Information 

 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates 

 

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